Taseer murder: Sunni Ittehad warns against protests

Published: January 10, 2011
Children protesting in front of Lahore Press Club against any change in blasphemy law. PHOTO:  RIAZ AHMAD/ EXPRESS

Children protesting in front of Lahore Press Club against any change in blasphemy law. PHOTO: RIAZ AHMAD/ EXPRESS

LAHORE: A Tahaffuz Namoos-i-Risalat conference held in the city on Sunday warned against public rallies and demonstrations praising Governor Salmaan Taseer or protesting his killing. A Mumtaz Qadri, speakers threatened, would be at every corner of the country to stop such displays of solidarity, a reference to the police guard who has confessed to killing the governor.

Maulana Nawaz Kharal, a spokesperson for the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), led the chorus while addressing the conference held at Aiwan-i-Iqbal. Kharal also said there should be no protest against Qadri and added, “Don’t associate Mumtaz with any terrorist group. He is a true lover of the Holy Prophet (pbuh).” He said his Sunni followers protect Qadri and his family with their lives.

SIC chairman Fazle Karim too condemned protests in favour of Salmaan Taseer. Karim said the NGOs protesting the governors’ death had never held any protest against the killings at Sunni gatherings after the attacks at Jamia Naeemia, Nishtar Park in Karachi, Data Darbar, shrines of Abdullah Shah Ghazi and Farid Ganj Shakar. He said they had not even raised a voice against the ban on the veil imposed in France. He said his followers would continue “the mission of Ghazi Ilamudin Shaheed.” He said the Sunni Tehrik would provide legal assistance to Qadri.

Dr Muhammad Ashraf Asif Jalali, founder of Idara Sirat-i-Mustaqeem Pakistan, announced the Ghazi Ilmudin Award for Qadri. He said that his group would lay a wreath on Ilmudin’s grave on Qadri’s behalf on January 15. He also said that it would hold a rally on January 19 from Lahore to Qadri’s residence in Rawalpindi.

Jalali then demanded that the government release Qadri as soon as possible and exonerate him from the charge of murder. He said the punishment for a blasphemer against the Holy Prophet (pbuh) was death. He claimed that the inclusion of Section 295-C in the Pakistan Penal Code had brought good luck for the country. He went on to say that all participants in Taseer’s funeral had jeopardised their Islamic faith. He said their participation in the prayers had put a question mark on their commitment to the community of the faithful.

The participants of the conference included Justice (retd) Nazeer Akhtar, former judge Nazeer Ghazi, Pir Sayed Karamat Ali and Dr Raghib Naeemi. After the conference ended, a group of SIC activists headed to the Governor’s House gate on The Mall on a van and chanted slogans in support of Qadri.Earlier, nearly 300 Sunni Tehrik activists had held a protest rally in front of the Lahore Press Club demanding Qadri’s immediate release. Participants of the rally also chanted slogans against the protestors in favour of Taseer.

In the only civil society rally after Taseer’s assassination on January 4, the participants had condemned the murder which they said was a result of religious extremism.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2011.

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  • J.Oberoi
    Jan 10, 2011 - 9:53AM

    Unforgivable that children are being indoctrinated into extremist philosophy at such a young age! Looks like there are no visionaries left in Pakistan. You would have hoped at least the future generations would be more responsible and less fanatical. Don’t think the mullahs will let that happen.Recommend

  • zoro
    Jan 10, 2011 - 10:16AM

    There was a time when my parents told me with praise that a person who keeps his beard long (would generally be an old person) has performed haj and are the most respected for various reasons … and i use to hold them in high esteem because my parents taught me that, and as i grown older went thru some heart touching experiences from my muslim colleuges… But lately since last 10 yrs … i have seen a sea change in the beard holders … nor are they old nor do they have a divine look as they had before on there face of fullfillment … now they try and look more vicious old and young alike … All my faith in the beardwalls has fallen apart since last 5 yrs … and its going from a zero towards negative …
    By all the actions you do as a so called muslim you actually are pushing the other communities to the wall … for which u have started facing the retaliation.. everywhere in the world ..
    Must stop all those stepping on elses toes attitude … and do what u do the best .. ie implementing the best values of islam ie for it is know for love and peace …
    otherwise its just a spiral… leading DOWN for everybody …Recommend

  • Babruk
    Jan 10, 2011 - 10:24AM

    pure badmashi. people cannot even disagree. Recommend

  • abdullah
    Jan 10, 2011 - 11:01AM

    its tym 4 gov 2 get these ppl behind the bars and should start cases on them 4 such acts …destroy them b4 they end up being lyk taliban …every1 hs the right to protest media should stop giving coverage 2 such disco ,paid ,corrupt,illiterate,criminal ,looter maulvisRecommend

  • Jbutt
    Jan 10, 2011 - 11:34AM


    Jan 10, 2011 - 11:45AM

    That picture is very disturbing indeed……Recommend

    Jan 10, 2011 - 11:46AM

    “A Mumtaz Qadri, speakers threatened, would be at every corner of the country to stop such displays of solidarity, a reference to the police guard who has confessed to killing the governor”

    all i can do is sit back and watch now…Recommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui,Australia
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:27PM

    I wonder How come Sunni Ittehad Council is justifying the killing of Salman Taseer, If the Killing of salman taseer was justifed on the bases of immotions then for someone the killing to Mufti Nizammauddin Shamzai and Mufti Sarfaraz Naimi was also justified. These two ulema were assassinated becouse they were opposing taliban idealogies and calling it unislamic.

    Sunni Ittehad Council need to understand that these religious fanatics are now out of control of everyone even ulema have lost control on them. these monsters need to be crushed and discouraged otherwise they will first eat their own mentors.Recommend

  • BinYamin
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:46PM

    These mullahs are a disgrace to Islam and Holy Prophet (saw) changing Islam from religion of Peace to religion of Killers, Suicide Bombers and intolerance. They are not going to listen to any sane voice and have taken whole nation as hostage in the name of religion. We do not need any other enemy for our destruction. We have successfully created an army in our madrassas. These bigoted, narrow minded, half literate so-called Imams, Qaris, Muftis are deep rooted cancers for Islam and Pakistan. Bangladesh have recently succeeded in stopping their advance so can we. We need to make whole hearted collective efforts to fight their sinister designs to gain control of power and put them back in their place. This is tough but not impossible.Recommend

  • Shahryar+Ahmed
    Jan 10, 2011 - 1:50PM

    All i can say is that, this country is going to the dogs…….Recommend

  • SuspectedRational
    Jan 10, 2011 - 2:14PM

    Last week I was threatened by my neighbor. All I can recommend is “pretend that you give a damn”Recommend

  • Jan 10, 2011 - 3:15PM

    He claimed that the inclusion of Section 295-C in the Pakistan Penal Code had brought good luck for the country. If this is good luck, God spare us from any bad luck that might come our wayRecommend

  • Kaleem
    Jan 10, 2011 - 3:35PM

    Those who are protesting in favor Of “the Murderer Qadri” are the Arch enemies of Islam and Pakistan. These So-called Mullahs have distorted the image of Islam. I bid non of them would be forgivable on the day of judgement. They don’t know to distinguish between The Murderer and the Martyr. Recommend

  • Junaid
    Jan 10, 2011 - 3:50PM

    i tell them this i would be at pro salman taseer rallies, try to hurt me if you can.
    my family wont be as forgiving as salman taseer’s they would see to it each and every member of that would be qadri gang/family held accountable by law or otherwise.Recommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jan 10, 2011 - 4:44PM

    Time is nigh for standing up to these bigoted thugs. Silent majority (soon to be minority) owes it to this nation and to world at large to stop these losers dictating their agenda to the rest of us.

  • M I Piracha
    Jan 10, 2011 - 5:23PM

    The fore-fathers of the current breed of the MUSLIM ‘Ullema’, had even branded Mr. Jinnah a ‘kafir’, and the country he was going to carve out of India “NaPak(istan)”. Thats a historical truth they dont deny. Yet, now they wish to run this country in their own bigoted way. It is these mullas who are ‘kafirs’. Recommend

  • Jawed Akhtar
    Jan 10, 2011 - 5:32PM

    One step closer to Somalia fate………..
    Al Qaida gets closer…………
    One step closer to total talibanization…………
    One step closer towards failure………..
    One step closer for Al Qaida towards A-Bomb………..Recommend

  • Kiran Bhatti
    Jan 10, 2011 - 7:38PM

    we need to organize ourselves to fight these mullahs,to fight talibanization. all of us moderate people know by now that this mullah did very wrong in murdering Salman Taseer. but how is it that we show that our country has not completely gone done the drain? we cannot let ourselves be terrorised by fatwas of these religious groups. we need to come out on the streets. is there now such law that could stop these mullahs from terrorising people, how can they just go ahead and threathen to kill anyone who comes out to protest? i think there should be mass arrests of all these so called religious fanatics. anyone here know who is organizing protests against the killing of Mr. Taseer, where and when are these going to be held?Recommend

  • Sajid I. Barcha
    Jan 10, 2011 - 7:59PM

    It is surprising to see that after all that’s happening now, people still think Laal Masjid was a MISTAKE!Recommend

  • Jan 10, 2011 - 8:04PM

    Mr Jinnah’s last words: Ya Allah Pakistan.Recommend

  • Irfan Elahi
    Jan 10, 2011 - 9:40PM

    I am shocked to hear such speeches and slogans being chanted by gathering young blood. I always thought sunnis were moderate as compared to Deo Bandi. Cant they imagine that accusing someone of blasphemy without being proved in the court of law is itself a sin of the highest order???? This is pure barabarianism and has its roots in lack of knowledge and tolerance. Its a tool in the hands of mullahs that they can accuse anyone and everyone of blasphemy and black mail any community. It must be interesting for everyone that till today around 500 muslims, 350 ahmadis and around 150 christians have been accused of blasphemy. Even deobandi and brelvi people accused each other after the recent fight with them and ironically they settled their disputes and so were the accusation of blasphemy settled. Allah hamarey mulk per reham farmaey aur hamari qaum ko hidayat dey. AminRecommend

  • Anti Secularism (but not Liberal)
    Jan 11, 2011 - 12:56AM

    @ all above
    the comman thing between these people and all u guys is that BOth are extremists
    they are religious and u are Liberal exremists

    why cant we have a moderate society??????????
    because liberal dosnt wants to understand the Islam and the people who are “Islam ke thekedaar” dont want to understad liberal part of society

    for a comman BOth are ExtremistsRecommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jan 11, 2011 - 1:09AM

    @ Anti Secularism (but Not Liberal)

    THANK YOU! I agree the most part of your argument.Recommend

  • sultan a khan
    Jan 11, 2011 - 3:57AM

    Assalam o Aleikum,the death of Government Salman Taseer gas opened a pandora box. Policy start a permanent. Colum in your newspaper under heading Interet Comments. How long can this debate related to all the national issues will remain pressed? I think that 65 years is enough time.It us shame on the rulers of a country who advise their country men that your life is in danger, and you leave Pakistan. Shame on all Pakistani rulers who with a planning destroyed Jannab Muhammad Ali Jinnah’ Pakistan. Shukria. Sultan A Khan, U S ARecommend

  • student
    Jan 11, 2011 - 6:37AM

    would someone please send these people to Guantanamo bay? or just run them over with tanks while theyre out protesting? either way works for me and the sanctity of the nation as a wholeRecommend

  • Surprised
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:41AM

    These so-called religious leaders must be arrested right away and tried in a court of law for blasphemy as they are committing shirk, which is the one unforgivable sin in the Quran.

    Allah is the all supreme Who gives life to all humans, and can take away the life whenever He wishes. If He has a problem with one of His creations, He is the all powerful who can do whatever He thinks is the appropriate punishment.

    For us humans to take someone’s life on flimsy pretexts is haram in itself. These people are crossing the Hudood laid out by Allah, and claiming to do something that He himself cannot do (Nauzobillah) in their opinion. Thus, they are Mushriks.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:17AM

    Who is he to threat other people, should’t he be arrested for defaming the name of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). If the GOP has some guts which it doesnt should charge these Mullah’s under Sec 295 C as they are maligning the Holy Name of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

    Interesting to see what happens. They are the contemporaries of the the priests who used to do inquisitions during the dark ages of Europe. Welcome to the dark ages of Pakistan. Bangladesh has the guts to tell Mullah where to go and they are progressing way better than us. Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 3:19PM

    I can see so called liberal & secular people are here, you all call your self a muslim tell me how many of you have offered prayers in last 5 days? I guess only 1-2 may be? i doubt :p This is what you are? and against “Mullas”. See this what Shehar Bano is saying?? She said her dad was not in the favor of “Ban on Ahmadi’s” . Secular Muslims like you are all thinks ahmadi’s are muslim? Don’t you think this is ridiculous ? http://goo.gl/fb/Fm8DJ Recommend

  • Azaadi
    Jan 11, 2011 - 4:43PM

    @ Imran Allah is judge of who is Muslim or not, man isn’t. Are you saying that your opinion is higher? Read the Quran. It asks those who you think are non-believers to Allah who will deal with them. What part of that do you not understand.

    And is it ok to pray 5 times a day then tell people to commit murder. Is it ok to pray 5 times a day and send kids to kill themselves? Is it ok to pray 5 times a day and punish an innocent person? Is it ok to pray 5 times a day and then go to mujhras? Yes some of the speakers at this rally are on video having good time at mujras.

    I think you are the one who is ridiculous. Islam is also about being a good, honest human being besides praying 5 times a day.

    P.S. No I do not pray 5 times a day, but I pray to Allah whenever I want to. And guess what, to date he has answered every single one of my prayers. You know why. Because I am a good honest person. Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 10:43PM

    Good photo which I will preserve because this contains future suicide bombers, mullah gangs.

    Subhan BashaRecommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui,Australia
    Jan 12, 2011 - 9:15AM

    Subhan Basha,

    And these suicide bombers will first explode to kill their own Mentors (Ustads) , like they did for Maulana Yousuf Ludhyanivi, Mufti Niammuddin Shamzai, Mufti Sarfaraz Naimi and others Ulemas.

    Ulemas in Pakistan must stop feeding snake primarily for their own sake :) Recommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui,Australia
    Jan 12, 2011 - 9:29AM

    @Mr. Imran Sarwar,

    You first answer all your questions for yourself!! ??

    Nobody is asking certificate of being Muslims from you, people like your mentality are disgrace to Allah and His Prophet Muhammad (SAW). its you people who have caused millions of derogatory comments to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) all around the world.

    Go and check the comments posted on the news reports of Taseer’s Killing on world press! who is responsible for that! did Qadri’s brought any good to Prophet (SAW) respect and honour or caused more distortion to the image and personality of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) who is certainly the gratest man of human civilization.

    For me poeple who are committing crime and people who are justifying it on the name of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) are real Ghustakhe-Rasul (SAW).Recommend

  • Umarz
    Jan 12, 2011 - 10:24AM

    “Mullahgardi” well said by one. There are not two opinions on Namoos-e-Risalat (saw) [read surah LAHAB as well] but Islam is religion of JUSTICE. At one side mullah says that they will not let this law changed and on the other side they did not lodge any FIR against Salman Taseer. On one side they say Pakistan justice system can not guarantee JUSTICE, on the other side they want to retain the law. Please beware of fantaism and fitnaizm. We need to educate our society not only the TOLERANCE but RATIONALITY and JUSTICE THINKING. It is shoking to see some lawyers and educated people to support a murderer. another day I was watching Express and a baba g in Sialkot was repeatedly saying that they will kill Mugheess and brother (two kids killed in silakot) again in same style. Y Y Y?

    Just an example: According to Quran, a zani should be prosecuted on the witnesses of FOUR; but what if there are only three? and all three are pious people. No way, Quran never allows HADD in this case.

    And the best thing for Namoos-e-Risalat (saw) is to mend ourselve according to quranic education; and no one including me will do that; because why should we stop pornography, lies, terrorization, interest in gender, intolernace, abuses, corruption, haram and and and and ….Recommend

  • Eeman
    Jan 12, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Pakistan needs an intellectual-overhaul. God have mercy on this indoctrinated country. Recommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui,Australia
    Jan 12, 2011 - 1:27PM


    You are Right! I myself couldn’t pray 5 times a day but whenever I pray its only for Allah and his happiness and whatever I wanted from Allah on those prayers, he the almighty and the most merciful have granted me, Thank to him.Recommend

  • Ajaz
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:45PM

    I think these people are totally unaware of islam and islamic values. O, God make them undersatand what islam is and what islam has given us. Islam has never taugt us to celeberate anyones death, islam says killing of one man is killing of the whole humanity. these people have been against the principles of islam since long time as they oppose freedom of subcontinent muslims. they are the same people who termed jinnah as kafir-e-azam and pakistan as kafiristan. Now they say that islam has been established in the name of islam, which itself proves that they are agisnt islam, that’s why there were opposing creation of pakistan.

    “May they understand the true soul of islam”Recommend

  • Adeel
    Jan 13, 2011 - 1:58AM

    The crowd that sunni tehrek can gather, believe me “Nargis” can gather the same crowd for her show. This party has no “Vote Bank” at all.Recommend

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